Friday, September 4, 2015

Week 27, August 31, 2015

Hola Familia!

This week was really wonderful! It was full of spiritual revelation and console from Heavenly Father. I'm glad to hear that everyone has had a smooth transition back into school! Y'all remember when the Sienna Ward had that missionary fireside and the bishop asked me to give some advice? Well, I replied back and said that going to seminary was really important and not only that, you have to pay attention! Don't forget the awesome stuff that Brother Smith shares with you, because that stuff is gold!!!!

This last Monday we had an appointment with the Mayes family in the ward, they opened their home for us to invite some of our investigators over for FHE. We had previously planned that we would invite Lina and her sister over so we could talk about the family proclamation, but as luck would have it, they canceled on us last minute!! Hern and I didn't want to cancel on the Mayes because they already put so much planning into this FHE. But then I felt a prompted to visit Tonia, Marissa, and Jesus's house. They are some recent converts and sometimes they have a difficult time waking up for church, so they aren't enriched by the lessons in Sunday School. By the time we got to their house, Hern walked up to the door and invited them while I waited behind the fence and filled in Brother Mayes on the phone. It all worked out and we got good ol' Juan to pick them up and bring them to the Mayes. The lesson was perfect, and the spirit was so strong! We even had a little testimony meeting. Afterwards we set up another FHE with them and the Mayes for next week! I cant wait :)

This Thursday we had a service project at a members' house in the 15th ward which we cover. We coordinated our efforts with the daughter who lives with her parents to cleaned their house.  We worked hard.  Right after the service, we went to Lupita's house to have lunch. we were really surprised to see Lina there, our investigator with a baptismal date for Sept 19th. She confided in us that she has been having a tough time with her sister and she is hesitant for us to come over to her sister's house and visit with her because her sister might get mad. She told us that she may be going back to Mexico soon if she doesn't resolve things with her sister! Please fast and pray for Lina with us this upcoming Sunday.

On a happier note, later that evening Thursday, we visited with Celia who is married to a less active that we have been visiting lately. We were able to talk with her and teach her about the Family Proclamation. It really brought the spirit and she was really excited to start taking the lessons. Her husband is a huge support and we are happy for them because they want to eventually be sealed in the temple! After the lesson, we invited Celia to the Relief Society activity and she came!! One of the RS sisters works in a Panaderia and taught us to make conchas, or pan dulce, and it was super awesome!!

I absolutely love reading el Libro de Mormon, because I learn something new each time!   In 2 Ne 32:8-9 where  it talks about how the Spirit teaches us to pray.  Verse 9 reads, But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul. One of the things that I have been pondering was why we need to pray so often, why we can't just say 1 prayer in the morning and in the night? Why would it be important to pray before we leave the house, in the companionship before every lesson, to start a lesson, to end a lesson, for food, and anytime we need spiritual direction? We are taught that we use prayer to communicate to Heavenly Father and that we should not be repetitive, but when someone prays like 20+ times a day- you can see how it is easy to be repetitive. Then I read this scripture and one of the last lines in verse 9 says that we need to pray to consecrate our actions to Heavenly Father. I then asked myself what it meant for me to consecrate my actions?  I suddenly remembered something-- everyone is a child of God and is special to Him. We don't say a general prayer for all the people we teach because they have individual needs!  Every week we weekly plan and prayerfully discern each of our investigators' needs, So to emphasize this, I wrote in the margin of my PMG that these people are INDIVIDUALS and need our INDIVIDUAL attention and prayers. To add to that, we, as missionaries consecrate our actions to show respect, love, and determination to follow the will of Heavenly Father, so it makes perfect sense to talk to Him as often as we do, because we need to know what he wants us to do for His children! 

Welp familia! I love you all and pray for you INDIVIDUALLY! 

Hermana Moss :)

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